Hollywood could learn lot from Christianity on sexuality
By D. Clay Perkins
Saturday, November 11, 2017
“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” — Hebrews 13:4 (New International Version)
Sexual abuse is wrong. It is repugnant at any degree and at all levels. Sexual abuse against any man or woman, boy or girl, cannot be tolerated in a good society, or even in a pluralistic culture. There is no logical, moral, or spiritual argument against such statements.
The flow of accusations against Hollywood players over past and current inappropriate behavior could be helpful in changing a very debased subculture in our society. But let’s be honest, is anyone really surprised at these recent exposures? Did anyone really think it was not happening? For decades Hollywood has promoted significant unsuitable sexual behavior in movies, TV shows, etc. Yes, sexuality, like all aspects of life, can be perverted. And perversion is not normal, no matter how much Hollywood tries to convince us it is. So these headlines of trading sexual favors for fame, and of those in power taking advantage of those without power by demanding sexual favors should remind us all of how corrupt and devoid of values Hollywood can be. They are showing us the pain and sorrow of perversion. Why would we expect the Hollywood subculture to change?
Christian ethos on sexual behavior stands in direct opposition to the Hollywood subculture. Christianity celebrates human sexuality by raising the standards for women, thus honoring both men and women. No one denies that even Christians have failed in the standards provided through God’s word on human sexuality. But these mistakes do not take away from the gold standard provided to guide us.
At the time of the birth of Christianity the culture had a low opinion of women. Women were somewhat second class citizens, a commodity. A woman could find herself being discarded by her husband for almost any trivial matter, even over burning the toast. Women were not held in high esteem. In cases of infidelity, the women were almost always at fault. With Christianity came a new and fresh acknowledgement that men and women were both children of the Almighty and were to be valued and honored. Christianity raised the standards for women like no other movement in history.
The Christian worldview is one that celebrates our sexuality as a God-given gift between one man and one woman. It is a gift from God not only for procreation but for pleasure. Our sexuality is based on mutual ministry in the context of marriage (1 Corinthians 7:3). We serve each other’s needs in the context of love, respect, and dignity in a lifelong relationship.
Women are to be valued as a creation in God’s image (Genesis 1:27, Ephesians 5:27-28). They are not to be used and abused and discarded when aging has its natural effects (Proverbs 5:18-19). Life is valuable at all ages. Life, including our sexuality. is to respected (1 Peter 3:7).
Hollywood has a lot they could learn from Christianity regarding human sexuality. But let’s not fool ourselves, it is doubtful that they ever will. You can take note that on display is all the pain and agony of sexual immorality. The pain of abuse can last a lifetime.
As believers let’s make sure we celebrate life, love, sex, marriage, and one flesh union from a Christian worldview (Song of Solomon, Ephesians 5:21). Give both men and women the high value intended for a good society. Let’s celebrate the joy of our sexuality the way God intended. The joy can last a lifetime.
D. Clay Perkins is an adjunct professor at Mid-Atlantic Christian University.